Gordy Melvin Rutz

30 September 1896–1 May 1974 (Age 77)
Comstock Township, Marshall, Minnesota, United States

The Life of Gordy Melvin

When Gordy Melvin Rutz was born on 30 September 1896, in Comstock Township, Marshall, Minnesota, United States, his father, Frank Rutz, was 25 and his mother, Maria "Mary" Ann Schantzen, was 23. He lived in McCrea Township, Marshall, Minnesota, United States for about 30 years. He died on 1 May 1974, in Marshall, Minnesota, United States, at the age of 77, and was buried in Warren, Marshall, Minnesota, United States.

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Frank Rutz
Maria "Mary" Ann Schantzen
Gordy Melvin Rutz
Violet L Rutz
Mae Margaret Rutz
Raymond R Rutz

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World Events (8)

1898 · War with the Spanish

Age 2

After the explosion of the USS Maine in the Havana Harbor in Cuba, the United States engaged the Spanish in war. The war was fought on two fronts, one in Cuba, which helped gain their independence, and in the Philippines, which helped the US gain another territory for a time.
1898 · The Kensington Runestone

Age 2

A Swedish man, Olof Ohman, was farming on his land when he came across a 202-pound rock slab that had strange writing on it. Convinced it was proof that Scandinavian explorers came to that area before Columbus found the Americas, he had it looked at by scholars and linguists to find its translation. There has been a drawn-out debate on the stone's authenticity, with a scholarly consensus that classifies it as a hoax and the community which is convinced that it is authentic.

Age 21

U.S. intervenes in World War I, rejects membership of League of Nations.

Name Meaning

German and Swiss German:1. from a short form of any of the various personal names beginning with the Old High German element hrōd ‘renown’, for example Rudolf . 2. occupational name for a cobbler, Middle Low German rūtze, ruce. 3. habitational name from a place so named in Switzerland.

Dictionary of American Family Names © Patrick Hanks 2003, 2006.

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Sources (3)

  • Gardy M Rutz in household of Frank Rutz, "United States Census, 1940"
  • Gordy Rutz in household of Frank Rutz, "United States Census, 1910"
  • Gardy M Rutz in household of Frank Rutz, "United States Census, 1930"

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